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May 14, 2021

ICCJ postpones discussions on DNA request to reopen criminal investigation of Stanescu: I’ll resign if indicted in this case

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Thursday postponed, for 8 February, the discussions confirming the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) request to reopen the criminal investigation of a case in which Deputy Prime Minister Paul Stanescu is targeted.

The supreme court postponed the trial because the other persons involved in the case didn’t have a lawyer.

Paul Stanescu, who was present at the ICCJ stated he will resign if he is indicted in this case.

“In 2010, the Court of Accounts carried out content controls, it said everything is alright. Afterwards, a citizen, whose identity, according to the DNA, has not been found, made a notification in the case regarding the funding of the soccer team called Alro Slatina and investigations had started. The DNA Craiova verified if there is any damage, DNA Craiova stated that there is no damage and based on the findings they decided not to start the criminal investigation. On 17 January 2018, the DNA requests the reopening of this case. We don’t know the cause (…) There are another three auditors with the Court of Accounts who are subpoenaed in this case and it got postponed. I can clearly tell you that, the moment I am indicted in this case, I, Paul Stanescu, will tender my resignation on the Prime Minister’s table. You must know this from me. My statement is a certainty. (…) I believe that everything was legal,” Paul Stanescu stated.

The DNA request was registered on 17 January 2018 and, alongside Stanescu, Marian Belu Briceag, Florin Cotosman and Remus Manolache are also subpoenaed in this case.

According to some judicial sources, the file started from a notification of the Court of Accounts and investigates an embezzlement from the Olt County Council in respect to funding a soccer team.

Paul Stanescu was President of the Olt County Council between June 2008 and June 2016.



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